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AMFO
Reborn
To Help
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Bonaire's Foreigners
More than 30% of our people
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he news this past weekend that
four nationals from the English-
speaking Caribbean were plotting to
destroy John F. Kennedy Airport by
igniting fuel lines was a surprise to those
expecting terror to be sourced from the
Eastern hemisphere rather than close to
home. A former Guyanese politician and
a former cargo worker at New York's JFK
airport are among four Caribbean nation-
als charged with conspiring to attack the
airport in a fiery blast that would also take
in a section of the residential neighbor-
hood of Queens, designed to inflict losses
of $120 billion per day.
Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attor-
ney General for National Security at the
US Department of Justice, said that "the
defendants sought to combine an insider's
knowledge of JFK Airport with the assis-
tance of Islamic radicals in the Caribbean
to produce an attack that they boasted
would be so devastating to the airport that
'even the Twin Towers can't touch it'. "
Shock in the Caribbean over the initial
news that four of its own were charged
with conspiring to blow up JFK Interna-
tional Airport has worn off and is being
replaced by doubt given the lack of ca-
pacity and ability of the alleged plotters
to execute the plan. The source of infor-
mation about the plot is an FBI informant,
a drug dealer.

> The UPB party is putting their ex-
perienced members into key island posi-
tions and giving party newcomers experi-
ence in the Central Government. The
Central Government will be disbanded in
December 2008 when Bonaire links di-
rectly with The Netherlands.
Political novice Elvis Tjin A Soe will
replace Burney El Hage to become the
new Minister of Labor and Economic
Affairs of the Netherlands Antilles effec-
tive July 1. Tjin A Sjoe is a Bonaire busi-
nessman with a background in Informa-
tion Technology and the Internet. El
Hage takes a seat as a Commissioner on
Bonaire's Executive Council (BC), a posi-


tion he held a couple of years ago.
The current four UPB Commissioners,
the officials who are responsible for the
day-to-day operation of Bonaire's local
government, are all from the UPB, Patri-
otiko, party: James Kroon, Geraldine
Dammers, Reginald Dortalina and Onnie
Emerenciana. They will be replaced by El
Hage; Anthony Nicolaas, currently an
Antillean Parliament member; Boy Clar-
enda, Director of the Mariadal Foundation
(San Francisco Hospital); and former An-
tillean Education Minister Maritsa Sil-
berie. Nicolaas will be replaced by Island
Council member Ginia Elhage-Cicilia,
who has prior experience as a parliamen-
tarian.

> Mike Conway, president of Air Ja-
maica, declared that dropping AJ's long-
haul route from London and two Airbus
A340s, would not change plans to re-
shape Air Jamaica's fleet of eight
A320s, six A321s and two A340s. Report-
edly, the London route was responsible
for almost 25% of Air Jamaica's losses of


$25 million last year.
It was reported initially that Air Jamaica
was considering "replaning" its entire
fleet, but Conway said that the plan now
was to replace only six A321s with six
leased Boeing 757-200s. Air Jamaica flies
to Bonaire every Saturday. Lavern
Clarke

> Upset about the $32.50 international
departure tax at Bonaire's airport? Per-
haps you didn't know, but American de-
parture taxes are "built in" to your
ticket fare from the US and run around
$50. According to a recent study the fol-
lowing are the costs incurred for departure
from New York's John F. Kennedy Air-
port: $30.20 for the US international
travel tax for arrival and departure; $7 for
immigration inspection fee; a $2.50
charge for enplanement; a NY City pas-
senger facility charge of $3; $4.50 for
security charges; and $5 for insurance
service charge: a total of $52.20.

Insel Air will start flying to Miami


> Sea Wasp Caution


Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


Bonaire naturalist Dee Scarr
writes: "Sea wasps are the nas-
tiest stingers a diver or snor-
keler is likely to encounter on
Bonaire. We almost always see
them at night; they seem to be
attracted by light; they move
through the water much faster
than otherjellyfish; and they
often send people to the hospi-
tal.
Sea wasps are 3" 6" long,
transparent, elongated jellyfish,
with four tentacles up to a foot
or more in length. The appear-
ance of sea wasps on Bonaire
seems to correlate with moon
cycles: we see (and feel) sea
wasps most often the 8th, 9th,
and 10th nights after the full
moon.
Word on this correlation is
spreading slowly too slowly,
according to a group leader
friend of mine who had two
students stung in May.

If sea wasps appear in Bonaire this month, and if the correlation is correct, sea
wasps will be around June 8th, 9th and 10th. Sensible people make the effort to
avoid being stung by sea wasps."


The REPORTER

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
"Adrif' Exhibition by Wilna Groenenboom 3
Young Chefs to Italy 4
ParrotWatch 5
Ask Olivia 5
AMFO back 6
Bonaire in World War II 8
(A New Bonai Project)
Was Eleanor Roosevelt on Bonaire? 9
Sweatng with the Triathlon 9
Bonaire Chef/BartenderTeam 2007 10
We Welcome Every One (mosque) 11
New Noses at the Donkey Sanctuary 12
Bonaire's 62 Nationalities (coverstoy) 13
Bonaire Wndsurfer Reports 15
A Shrink Looks at Scuba (nitrogen narcosis) 16
Washington ParkAnniversary Open Day 22
WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Pet of the Week ("Charles") 4
Sudoku 4
Bubbles (Crabs) 7
Picture Yourself With the Reporter
(Panama Canal) 7
Classifieds 14
Sudoku Solution 18
Tide Table 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
Sky Park (Jupiter) 21
The Stars Have It 21
On the Island Since (Natasja Statie) 23

from Curaqao in August, announced its
Chief Commercial Officer, Edward Heer-
enveen. The Curaqao-based airline is cur-
rently flying to 10 destinations.

The Bonaire Executive Council
plans to revoke permits to establish a
business from those businesses that
have been inactive for more than six
months. Because it's contrary to the Es-
tablishment Regulation for Businesses,
AB 1991, no. 29, the Island Government
wants to put a stop to dealing in permits.
The regulation prohibits the establish-
ment, taking over, continuation, moving
or modification of a business without a
permit of the BC. Violation of the prohi-
bition will result in a fine or imprison-
ment. With this measure the island wants
to stop the trade of licenses. Especially in
construction, restaurants, caf6s and hotels
there is a huge trade with licenses. The
measure is also meant to keep an eye on
new future businesses and to achieve a
healthy economic development.
(Continued on page 5)


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These three arrow crabs are taking
advantage of the protection they get
from the urchin.














This urchin manipulates its spines to
enter and exit the crevice behind
it. Protected by the urchin's spines is a
nimble spray crab.


T ransformation metamorphosis -That's
what happens when artist Wilna Groenen-
boom gets hold of materials that one time may
have been "adrift!"
The materials she uses to construct her tables
and sculptures have been manipulated, sanded
and crafted for untold hours until they are turned
into works of art. They are unique and unusual,
steps above the usual "driftwood" articles we see
so much of on the island. Artist-writer-
photographer-teacher Groenenboom is well
known for her Bonaire Reporter series, "Antique
Living Houses of Bonaire," her details of Bo-
nairean architecture photographed in the Sunbelt
Realty magazine and her exhibits at Cinnamon
Art Gallery and Kas di Arte. She's been an art teacher at the SGB high school for seven
years, inspiring her students to extend themselves producing art exhibits in many me-
dias, murals and three-dimensional structures. Sadly, the artist will be leaving Bonaire
next month, returning to her native Holland. The "Adrift" exhibition will be this Satur-
day, June 9, starting at 5 pm, at the artist's traditional Bonairean home in Nikiboko
on Kaya Macario St. Jago 39. There will be silent
auction between 5 and 6pm for one of her tables that
several people have offered to buy. For more infor-
mation call 717-6832 or 700-2378. 1 L.D.


Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.


Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


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PET OF THE WEEK


his handsome fellow, "Charles," was found wandering around in the Sabadeco
neighborhood. The kind people who found him weren't able to adopt him be-
cause they have three other cats who will just not tolerate another feline in the house!
So that settled that, and the lady brought Charles into the Bonaire Animal Shelter. His
background is a mystery it would seem. He was castrated already and he's in good
shape. So why should he be wandering around like a lost cat? Only Charles really
knows for sure. But in the meantime he presents a very attractive picture of a well ad-
justed cat. Just look at the way he carries his tail. Such elegance. Charles had his exam
by the vet, was tested for feline leukemia, wormed and given his shots, so he's passed
the "healthy cat" test. And he's proved to be "social" and friendly with people that's
the second test he passed with flying colors! You may meet Charles and all the other
healthy and social pets up for adoption at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Mon-
day through Saturday, 8 am to 1pm. Tel. 717-4989.
If you've lost an animal or found one be sure to call the Shelter at 717-4989.
They act as an agency for the lost and found pets. O L.D.


ast Saturday, two young student chefs from the SGB high school, Miguel
Saragoza and Channeton Jansen, flew off to the Emilia Romagna region of
Italy to work as culinary trainees for the summer. They will be working and training
at a Michelin Star Restaurant, Locanda il Girasole in Riccione for three months
(http://www.locandailgirasole.it/home.php). Both students have trained in Italy be-
fore: Channeton in October 2005 and Miguel in June 2006. When they return to
Bonaire they will continue their second year at SBO, which is the highest level of
the culinary school.
Thank you to the main sponsor, Notaris Maarten Maartense, for his insight and gen-
erosity, and to the Bonaire Culinare Foundation for its organization to make this trip
possible for these two young men. We wish them success in learning kitchen skills
as well as lessons in life!
The plan is still set to send several SGB students to a four-week training session this
October, as has been done before for exceptional culinary students. We will keep
you posted on who those top students selected will be. d Sara Matera/L.D.


DO YOU SUDOKU?



8 5

2 9 1

7 6 4

3 5 8

1 2 41 7

6 3 9

4 7 6

5 2 1

9 3

S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. To solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a
number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tutorial visit the web site www. Su-
doku shack. com.
1 Supplied by Molly Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first)
Complete solution on page 18.
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Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007

















he overhang nest ""
this week has been
a relatively calm place.
There are no additional
eggs, and it will be a short .
while before chicks ap-
pear. Oswald has been as
regular as clockwork and
Olivia has been a good
mum, giving her full atten-
tion to incubation.
Seeing inside the lora
nests has revealed all sorts
of behaviours we simply
didn't know about previ-
ously. Generally we have
the impression that birds
sitting on eggs stay mo- o ...Nes
tionless for hours on end,
but this is certainly not the case. Olivia gets up from time to time, readjusts
tion, moves the eggs around, has a preen, and even chats to herself a little.
camera is fitted with a microphone so we can hear what is going on outside
too. Loras are pretty feisty parrots and when something is kicking off out-
someone is screaming then Olivia gets up and goes to have a look. She
even lean out of the nest and shout too. It's just like parrot suburbia! For
rot location team it's been another week with another couple of nests. Our
nest finding successes have continued and we've found yet more eggs. As
parrots lay an egg every other day we have to return to nests having three
eggs to try and determine when the first egg was laid. This is a sensitive
we take great measure not to disturb the birds.
The next week offers us a chance to catch up
other jobs before the first chicks hatch and eve- SALQ4
gets busy-busy again. We'll be fitting at least o -_
other camera this week so visitors to parrot-
watch.org will soon be able to see inside an-
nest. ,
Thanks to those of you who have supported
forts and we hope you like the movies and field IAI
F- Sam Williams


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The
the nest
side and
might
the par-
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or fewer
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(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 2)

> Large crowds took to the streets
in Venezuela protesting their President's
refusal to renew the license of Vene-
zuela's oldest and most popular TV
channel, RCTV. The station closed down
last Sunday. Justification to silence
RCTV was that the criticism of the
Chavez regime voiced by the channel
posed a threat to national security.
The incident brought out masses of
people, including students, in more than
seven cities. According to published
reports there is concern in The Nether-
lands and the US that Chavez's ambitions
may threaten the ABC islands in the fu-
ture.


> Two years ago an 18-year-old
American student, Natalee Holloway,
disappeared while on a "graduation"
vacation in Aruba. The search for her
and the apprehension of those responsi-


Ask Olivia

Email your parrot related ques-
tions to Olivia()parrotwatch.orq

Dear Olivia,

I have really enjoyed watching your videos on parrotwatch.org, particu-
larly the one where you are feeding your chicks. In the last edition of 'Ask
Olivia' you said that loras can have four chicks. How do you feed so many
growing children on your own, or does your husband help? My husband
never helps me with the shopping! I am looking forward to seeing this
year's footage of your children growing up. Keep up the good work!
Elizabeth Schmitt



Dear Elizabeth,
I'm glad to hear you've been watching my videos! It is hard work feed-
ing four hungry, young parrots, but thankfully my husband helps me out
lots with the feeding. When I am stuck in the nest incubating he has to
come to the nest and feed me. When the chicks first hatch I feed them little
and often, but as they grow I feed them more but less often. When we have
a family we are kept very busy collecting food and hardly have time to
relax! We store the food in our crops to make it easier to carry lots and
then regurgitate it into the chicks' eager mouths. They frequently fight
over who gets fed first. We try to treat them equally, but it's difficult to
see which one of the chicks you're feeding in a dark, crowed hole, espe-
cially when they get bigger.
Hope this answers your question. Thanks for your support at parrot-
watch.org and if you have any other questions please just email them to
me. My email address is Oliviaiaparrotwatch.org
[Olivia Parrot


Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


Page 5


ble made continuous headlines in the US.
The criminal investigation is on-going.
The main suspect in the case, Joran van
der Sloot, said
in April that
the case will
probably be s
closed in May
because the
usual duration t
to pursue
criminal cases
is two years.
The Prosecutor
in Aruba
agreed that the
basic principle
of criminal cases in Court of First In-
stance is that the trial and verdict indeed
take place within two years after the rea-
sonable term' has started.
That reasonable term starts the moment
a suspect can reasonably assume that he
will be prosecuted. This is not laid down
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AMFO Director Betrian (2nd from right) emphasizes a point


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t would be nice if the problems of poor people followed a precise schedule and if
they had personal computers. Then the strict procedures set up by the reborn Dutch-
sponsored, poverty-fighting agency, AMFO, would have a better chance of really helping
them.
Five staff members of AMFO Curagao Headquarters gave a two-hour PowerPoint and
question/answer presentation for Bonaire's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at
the Amboina Sentro di Bario last Friday afternoon, June 1. The presentation was in
Papiamentu, the slides in Dutch. The presentation began at 4 pm, still working hours for
many of the NGO volunteers, but after 5 pm more people arrived, making a total of about
50 in attendance. It's estimated that there are 80 NGOs active in Bonaire.
A "sharing," based on population of the initial NAf23million in aid to be distributed,
was presented:
Curagao-31.5%
St. Maarten- 26.5%
Bonaire- 18%
Saba-12%
Statia-12%
There are categories for small (up to NAf 10.000), medium (between NAf 10,000 and
NAf 50,000) and large (over NAf 50,000) projects. Submission and tracking requirements
are more exacting for the larger projects. There are strict deadlines for submission and
applications for all projects. Applications for small and medium projects are accepted only
on a bi-monthly schedule; large projects on a quarterly schedule. NGOs should expect a
response to their requests from five to eight weeks after submission. Prime targets for aid
are projects for youngsters, the elderly, the disabled or sick, families, vulnerable groups
and society's problem people.
Bonaire can receive grants up to NAf 4.1 million this year, with the first project requests
having to be submitted by June 20 to meet the initial deadline, said Director Stanley Be-
trian.
He described the revised organization, which appears to be a "top down" approach to
funding, as opposed to the grass roots, bottoms up approach of AMFO's original NGO-
based setup. It includes a highly paid directorate (reportedly, the Director has been paid
about NAf500.000 to date) and an elaborate organizational structure. All applications re-
quire computerized input, auditing and control procedures. During the presentation it was
emphasized that requests would be rejected if the paperwork had errors.
Betrian explained that it had taken over 18 months to define the new process which was


s iacK
All projects requesting NAf10.000 or more
will require the NGO to have a bank account
that can be used for auditing. All written
proposals must be accompanied by electroni-
cally readable media like a CD or diskette
with the required information.
Financial accountability for the projects is
the personal responsibility of the board mem- Antilloanse MedeRnoneer ngs Organisalie
bers of the NGO making a request.
Grant application forms, explanatory infor-
mation, and other data are to be available on
the Internet at www.samfo.org in Dutch,
Papiamentu and English, but at press time
only the Dutch versions were posted. For
Bonaire, AMFO is based at Kaya Gob. N.
Debrot 31 C, phone 717-7776, fax 717-7779,
email: info@Asamfo.org. O G.D.


necessary because of abuses of the previous system. He did not say what those abuses
were. Fortunately, during AMFO's lengthy reorganization, some 100 poverty alleviating
projects were completed by USONA.
The painstakingly established NGO Platforms of the past will no longer be used by
AMFO to review and process applications. Betrian felt that the new route would eliminate
any undue influence on projects, whether it is by an elected official or an individual. The
new structure has a "back room" dedicated to evaluating and approving submitted projects,
away from possible manipulation, because it will be outsourced to a professional organiza-
tion.
It will be up to local NGOs to determine whether they want to keep a "platform," not
supported by AMFO, in place, a step not required under the new procedures. Additionally,
AMFO will also not finance construction and infrastructure development, building or land
acquisitions, projects that are primarily for art, culture, sports and environment unless they
benefit the AMFO target groups specifically. However, if a project needs outside expertise
it can be included as a cost in the project outline and budget. NGO training and workshops
are not covered.
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D id You Know... Crabs come to Bonaire in hordes?
Last week I had several calls about the influx of tiny crabs in our inshore
waters. I went for a snorkel and had to escape the tiny chelae/claws of millions of
crabs that were looking for something to grab onto. The tarpon, snapper and even the
seagulls were in heaven. I'm not sure which species of crab it was, but they were
plentiful! Crabs, as do most marine creatures, have a planktonic larval stage. Crab
females, with help from crab males, fertilize their eggs and then release them into the
water column as microscopic larvae. They are arthropods and have an exoskeleton
that they must moult every now and then in order to grow larger. Crabs go through
many of these moults while they're drifting in the plankton and take on many strange
forms, including the zoea and megalopa stages that don't even look like crabs!
While they are planktonic, they are at the mercy of the currents and drift until they
reach shallow waters. If they're ready to settle, they look for suitable substrate and
begin their lives on the bottom of the sea (or in
the intertidal/sandy beach area). Many species
of marine animals mass spawn, which was
probably the case with this species. The larvae
then drift in patches of nutrient-rich waters.
Only about one in a million is expected to sur-
vive until adulthood. One of these patches
reached Bonaire last week. I was told that when
the crabs arrive in the millions like that to keep
my eyes peeled for large planktivores such as
whale sharks and mantas. I wasn't that fortu-
nate but perhaps one of you were? O
Caren Eckrich


Picture Yourself


With The Reporter







Bonaire
resident
Patrick
Diepgrond
writes:
I went
on holiday
to Panama
and took a
photo by
the Panama
Canal. It
was great. I
hope that
you can put
this one in
The Repor-
ter. It's me,
Patrick,
and Lorna,
in January
'07.


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Bonaire in World War II

JA 5J^xv /i3outiQ7 P~rojnz^t


There's a wealth of interesting infor-
mation about Bonaire's history wait-
ing to be told. Now, after long and detailed
research, archeologist Dr. Jay Haviser and
his BONAI Group have come up with some
astonishing information about the impact
World War II had on Bonaire. It will proba-
bly change the history books of the island.
"The island Bonaire was changed forever
due to World War II," says the archeologist.
"Before the war, life on the island was quiet
and simple. It was a self-sufficient farmer,
fisherman's and sailor's village. It changed
completely due to the events of 60 years
ago." Dr. Jay B. Haviser has been the Ar-
chaeologist for the Netherlands Antilles
Government since 1982. He is President of
the International Association for Caribbean
Archaeology and past President of the Mu-
seums Association of the Caribbean. Hav-
iser is also the founder of the BONAI
(Bonaire Archaeological Institute) group,
focusing on students from the ages of 14 to


18, to do scientific research with them on
the history of Bonaire. To Haviser it's ex-
tremely important to get these young people
to understand their heritage. "They need to
know about the history of Bonaire," he ex-
plains. "So we have to inspire these young
people to learn more about it, especially
because they will probably be the future
leaders on the island." He seems the perfect
man to do the job.
During the presentation he turns out to be
an excellent story teller, and his passion
about the Bonairean history is contagious.
The reason that Haviser retrieved so much
new information about the island is because
many of the top secret files and other files
about the war were finally opened for public
viewing after 50 years. It wasn't easy to find
out though. He explained how he had to
make digital photos of every page in the
huge number of documents at the US Na-
tional Archives and the US Military Ar-
chives in Washington DC that had the key-
word 'Bonaire' in it. The contents of these
files showed a lot of new information about
the events that occurred during that war and
show a lot of new insights that many Bo-
naireans don't know anything about yet.
Haviser continued, "There's still a lot of
investigation to be done by the BONAI
group. The upcoming work will consist of
getting more information through oral his-
tory by holding interviews with locals who
are still alive and with historians. We also
want to do some fieldwork."
A new discovery Haviser made with histo-
rian B6i Antoin is a military camp with la-
trines that dates from the war years. "We
really hope to find something there because
if soldiers lost something in these latrines,


they certainly wouldn't go
looking for it." He also
wants to investigate other
sites with his group, like the
Guatemala Plantation. These
investigations are planned
for the months of June and
July.
According to Haviser, one
reason Bonaire changed so
much is mainly because it is
a Dutch Colony. He gave a
little history lesson to em-
phasize why. "What nobody
in Holland actually expected
would ever happen, oc-
curred on the 10th of May


The top secre


1940. The German army
flew into Holland by night,
unnoticed, with silent sliding gliders, and
were dropped off behind the Dutch border.
The quick victory was because many of the
German soldiers were wearing Dutch uni-
forms, so the confusion among the Dutch
army was enormous. The result was a sim-
ple victory for the Germans, and the Dutch
Queen Wilhelmina escaped to London. This
invasion was a shock for the rest of the
world, and everybody had the same ques-
tion: what is going to happen next?" Hav-
iser continued, "It's unbelievable how much
correspondence I found between countries
on that day, simply because, and what I
really was surprised about, oil refineries on
Aruba and Curagao were providing 80% of
the aviation gas for the allied air forces.
That's why the Queen immediately called in
British troops to protect these islands that
day. When a call came out to also call US
troops to protect the islands it changed the
islands forever."
"On October 10, 1942, the first radar base
was placed on Bonaire. Franklin D. Roose-
velt was personally concerned for the ABC
islands. The Venezuelan government wasn't
happy about this at all. They were rightfully
concerned that the US would take over the
islands permanently. The moment the US
troops arrived, the Germans immediately
started attacking the Dutch islands. US mili-
tary command at Trinidad controlled the
southern Caribbean, and many other US
bases were placed in the region. The Ger-
mans torpedoed many merchant ships with
their U-boats (submarines), trying to stop
the flow of goods going to Europe. To try to
prevent this, steel nets were placed along the
coastlines of many islands to prevent U-
boats from entering their waters. Still, many
Bonairean men lost their lives in merchant
ships that sank during the war. As Bonaire
was a fisherman's island, many of them
worked on these ships. The attacks on mer-
chant ships caused the most deaths of locals
of Bonaire which had the greatest number of
deaths during the war of all the Dutch is-
lands."
The closest attack near the Bonairean
coastline was that on the Bonairean mer-
chant ship, SSAlcoa Partner, April 26,
1942. (see letter) It was torpedoed by a
German U-boat. Ten Bonaireans died, 14
men were saved. "On Bonaire itself though,
there wasn't much war fighting going on. As
all the attacks were at sea on the merchant
ships, on the island itself life for the sta-
tioned soldiers was pretty quiet. That was
probably also a reason why some Bonairean
men tried to join the US Army." The name
of a local, Haviser retrieved from docu-


Page 8


t refrigeration building at the Bonaire airfield
Archive photo

ments, is Carl Joseph Krijt Jr., who was able
to join the Army. "What shouldn't be mis-
taken was that the Dutch were still in control
of Bonaire. Dutch marines and the police
still had the authority." That the Caribbean
has a long history of piracy and still had
some influences of it was clear with the
problems the authorities had to cope with
during the war. The only problems Haviser
detected in files on Bonaire were of people
being arrested for intoxication, fighting, and
because of discrimination. "The war also
changed a lot of the infrastructure on Bon-
aire. Many more roads were built. Before
the war that wasn't really necessary, as there
were only 31 cars, 35 trucks, 25 buses and
three motorcycles on the island. Also the US
radar station was built near the Subi Blancu
Airfield in an area now called Tanki
Maraka. ("Nowadays it is a little more ex-
pensive to fly from Bonaire to Curagao. At
that time, it was only 18 guilders on
KLM." )
What Haviser also found was a 'Top Se-
cret File' of a picture of a refrigeration
building at the Bonairean airfield. "At that
time the Army didn't have refrigerators yet,
so to keep their food supplies from going to
waste, everything was put in that building.
The reason is clear why it was top secret as
it was crucial for feeding all the troops.
"With the BONAI group," "Haviser said,
"we're going to try and find the exact loca-
tion of this building and we'll try to get
some new information about it."
"Something that's still the case nowadays on
Bonaire is that love is always in the air. This
was also the case in Bonaire during wartime.
Of course the American soldiers were very
attracted to the beautiful local women on the
island. And although the US greatly discour-
aged marriage to local women, it happened a
lot, illegally. This resulted in several births,
so probably nowadays some people on the
island have an American background." All
of his new findings Haviser wants to bundle
into a book so the group will be able to give
presentations. He also thinks the book can
be used as a tool for the tourism industry as
the war created amazing relations between
Bonaire and the US. "Tourists from the US
love it," Haviser said, "when they have been
part of the history of the destinations they go
to."
So there's a lot of work left for Haviser,
and he still needs a lot of funding $10,000
to be precise. But Haviser hopes it will be
possible to collect this money because he
has a simple goal in mind: to make young
Bonaireans proud of their heritage. 0
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Was Eleanor Roosevelt on Bonaire?

n Wilhelmina Plaza there is a big '
bronze plaque commemorating
the visit of US First Lady Eleanor Roo-
sevelt to Bonaire during the war. But
had she really been here? And is that
part of history a mistake or maybe a
misinterpretation of her visit to the
Dutch Antilles?
The story about Eleanor Roosevelt
visiting Bonaire is quite a funny one.
It's funny because it seems she actu-
ally never did set foot on our island.
The wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt
planned a Latin America 'secret tour'
from the 4ff until the 28f of March,
1944. It was kept secret for safety
reasons as war was still being fought in
Europe and the Pacific. But what ar-
cheologist Dr. Jay Haviser did find out
about the tour were its exact dates and
time schedules, based on archived tele-
grams of Roosevelt's arriving and de-
parting from destination to destination. Haviser explained, "It's a good thing that time
never lies. And what I found in the telegrams is that she visited Venezuela, then flew
directly over to Curaqao, spent the night there, and then flew to Aruba and Colombia
the next day." Strange, because the plaque on Wilhelmina square, actually does say:
"This memorial plaque is in honor of MRS Eleanor Roosevelt for her first visit to
Bonaire on March 2, 1944, while inspecting the American and Dutch Army in the 2nd
World War. Representing her husband, the President of the United States, Mr. Frank-
lin Roosevelt. The people ofBonaire will always remember her in their prayers. The
government ofBonaire. October 13, 1982. "

Dr. Haviser continued, "I'm 99.9% sure she never visited Bonaire. I found in the
documents (only) one sentence about her presence on the islands, what probably
made the people who placed the
plaque think she also paid a visit to
Bonaire." He explained that these
findings weren't done to embarrass
the people who placed the plaque.
"The information they had about it
was just misinterpreted. But due to
new discoveries we can correct a his-
rii torical mistake that has been made.
We should be proud of it. If we do
that, it means we take our history very
seriously. Also, since it was a mistake
that could have been made easily, it
should also be easy to change it again.
It's clear Eleanor hasn't been here,
Just very near here."
Although Mrs. Roosevelt didn't visit
Bonaire there were some royal visits.
The first was on the March 2, 1944,
by Princess Juliana. Prince Bernhard
also occasionally visited the island, as
he was a huge fan of Bonaire. The
story goes that he sometimes even
flew over from Curamao just to go for
a swim. 0 David Radomisli


iWaUing with the TriallOi

A though there were more competitors during the Triathlon at City Caf6
two years ago, the organizers of Jong Bonaire had a very successful day
with 146 contestants of every age. Last Sunday they competed in swimming,
bike riding, and running, to earn a precious medal.
The contestants had the choice of an easy route, the Fun Route, or the hard one,
the Pro Route. They also had the choice of racing the entire route individually or
completing it with teammates
The Mini Fun Triathlon consisted of swimming 850 meters, starting at Kas di
Regatta and ending at City Caf6. After the swimming the contestants had to ride
a bike for 11.6 km all around town, and afterwards the contestants still had to run
five km around Kralendijk as well.
The Pro route had the same routes, only here the contestants had to swim
around the buoy and had to bike and run two laps instead of one. The route con-
sisted of 1500 meters running, 23.3 km bike riding, and 10 kilometers of run-
ning.
Luckily it was a cool morning, so none of the competitors had to suffer from
dehydration or any other sort of illness, and all the participants made it to the
finish line at City Caf&. The youngest competitors needed to take some time off
though, to catch their breath again after finishing the heavy race.
The fastest sportsman that day was Henk Sanders, by completing the Pro Route
in an incredible time of 1.03.00. 1 Story & photos by David Radomisli


Results Triathlon 2007
Fun Men Individual:
1. Bruce Brabec 1.12.21
2. Paul Meijer- 1.24.01
3. Marco Meeuwsen- 1.28.19

Pro Men Individual:
1. Marcel Leuxs 2.27.15

Fun Women Individual:
1. Maria Schuttpelz 1.20.53


Fun Team:
1. Henk Sanders, Gerrie F 1.03.00
2. Erika Sanders, Anouk Loos, Corine v.d. Hout 1.06.59
3. Richard Berends, Rico Vingerhoets, Eduardo Vingerhoets 1.09.56
Pro Team ( Adults and Kids)
1. Monica Schreuders, Mocky Arends, Bert Schreuders (volwassen)- 2.38.16
2. Yael Soliano, Eduard Arends, Asdrubal Marcano (kinderen) 2.39.56


Fun Team Kids
1. Rooske Wagemakers, Ludgandra de Windt, Ryda-Luz Emer 1.08.50
2. Philip Winkel, Giada Binelli, Soekarsie Gravenhorst
3. Adriaan Arends, Luis Marcano, Mikel Schreuders 1.35.37


- 1.13.35


Mixed Team Fun
1. Elmerson Frans, Stephen Rosario, Radiva Rosario 1.11.40
2. Jan Schrider, Marie Craane, Ryan Rasmijn 1.34.52
3. Jong Bonaire team ( Lisandra Marchena, Erseldson Chirino, Alberseeto Cecilia) 1.44.43


(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 5)
in a specific rule, but the beginning of the
reasonable term can be when the suspect
is taken into custody, or when a charge is
made against the suspect. "Both possibili-
ties occurred in this criminal case," said
the Prosecutor. Van der Sloot was taken
into custody on June 9th, 2006.

> Bonaire leaders visited The Nether-
lands last week to discuss the details of
what the Slotakkoord/Slotverklaring
(the "final agreement" that spells out
Bonaire's new closer ties with Holland
following the dissolution of the Nether-
lands Antilles) means for the island more
precisely. Currently Dutch civil servants
and the Bonaire government are in con-
flict over several issues and about the


Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


specific interpretation of the plans.
A delegation from Bonaire's UPB rul-
ing party, including party leader Ramon-
sito Booi, Finance Commissioner Yonchi
Dortalina, and Burney El Hage, Minister
of Economic Affairs of the Antilles, went
to The Hague to discuss plans for finan-
cial supervision and other matters with
the Secretary of State of Kingdom Rela-
tions, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten.
Dutch leaders had drafted a proposal to
define budgets and other financial issues
that includes a three-person supervisory
committee (the CFT). During the transi-
tion period leading to a new political
structure in December 2008, this three-
man committee can impose binding fi-
nancial restrictions on Bonaire, St. Eusta-
(Continued on page 11)


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Bonaire has been
sending a team
of chefs and a bar-
tender to the Caribbean
Hotel Association' s
"Taste of the Carib-
bean" Culinary Olym-
pics since 1997. They
haven't gone every
single year. Once it
was due to Hurricane
Georges in 1998 which
cancelled the whole
event. Other times it
was because there
weren't people and
chefs able to spend the
time and energy to put
a team together. It's a
herculean job: the
hardworking chefs
must use take time
from their days off to
come together to brain-
storm for new and in-
novative ideas, to be
able to work together Bonaire's Culinary Team 2007poses appropriately at the salt
as a team, and to prac- company (Their theme this year is "A Lot of Ways to go Salt!")
tice, practice, practice! Te am members: Isidoor van Riemsdijk and Floris van Loo
The team bartender (Rumn Runners), Egbert de Vries (Le Flamboyant), Vladimir
this year, Jane Coffie Gijsbertda (City Cafi). Also pictured: Miami Coach Selimah
won a Gold Medal last Agostien and Bonaire Coach Wil Heemskerk (Wil's Grill),. Not
year at "Taste." pictured: Team Bartender Jane Coffie.
year at "Taste."
This year's team has
worked hard, devoted hours to perfecting their sample menu and cooked for lucky diners
on Sunday nights at Chez Nous, the SGB restaurant. They leave for Miami on June 16 to
compete against 13 other pro teams from other Caribbean Islands. Previous members of the
teams, after having tasted this year's menu, say, most assuredly, "They have a very good
chance for getting the Gold this year."D L.D.


Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


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"We Welcome Everyone"




he Al Houda Mosque Bon-
aire has some good news.
They are building a new recrea-
tional area next to the mosque with
soccer fields and a basketball field,
where every islander, regardless of
nationality or religion, is welcome
to play. They are also building a
new school for children to learn
Arabic and English.
"What's so good about our
mosque in Bonaire is its diversity," .
said American-Iraqi Doctor Mo-
hammed Al-Tikriti, who is the
Speaker during the services at the
mosque. "Our members consist of a
considerable number of different
nationalities. It's a big mix of peo-
ple and cultures. People from Leba-
non, Syria, Morocco, Suriname,
America, India, and even some
from Bonaire. As it's a house of
God, we welcome everyone."
The main reason there are so
many different nationalities as Speaker Doctor Mohammed Al-Tikriti (left) and Mosque Vice President,
members of the community, com- Farouk S ElmouhajerSpea
pared to previous years, is mainly
because of the opening of the St. James School of Medicine, where Al-Tikriti is also a neuroscience and histology teacher him-
self. "Many of my students are religious and pray at the mosque. In their free time they are looking for a place to enjoy sports.
We will be providing this for them soon." (Note: Students from the Xavier Medical School attend as well.)
Al-Tikriti emphasizes that the youth project won't be purely for religious people. "Our Muslim community is very small. So
the recreation area will be for everybody. We want to encourage all the people to participate with us and in our activities, from
government members to all the locals. With this project we want to prevent ourselves from getting isolated."
The plan is to finish building the recreational area in one month. "But this depends on how fast the construction workers are
willing to work," Al-Tikriti said. "As everyone knows on this island, everything goes poco poco (slowly, slowly) so you never
know when it actually will be finished."
Next to the sporting facilities a new school will be built and there will be a little room next to the mosque. The school will be
for young children to learn Arabic and English. "The plan is to make it a Sunday school, and the teachers will be volunteers.
The small room next to the mosque will be for guest speakers, for instance an Imam from abroad."
That the Muslim community is very open-minded towards other religions is proved by the fact that the construction site, right
next to the mosque, is meant for a new Mormon church. Al-Tikriti doesn't mind this at all. "We welcome them. It's even a very
good thing."
In Holland the Muslim community is so proud of what the Bonaire Muslim community is establishing in Bonaire that they are
collecting money for them to help with their funding for school supplies and have sent out a press release about it in Holland. In
response to the question as to what this money will be used for exactly, Al-Tikriti and Mosque Vice President Farouk S. Elmou-
hajer, can't really give an answer. It's simply because the members of the Al Houda committee don't know anything about the
fundraising initiative in Holland. "We have all the money we need to complete our little project," said Al-Tikriti, "from dona-
tions of business people on the island who attend the services at the mosque. Perhaps the community wants to help us in get-
ting study materials in Dutch for our Sunday school. But I can't say that with any certainty. For the other things we don't need
any money. Besides our project we only pay for the electricity and water in the mosque, and that is out of our own pockets as
well."
Al-Tikriti doesn't expect to get many new members from Holland when Bonaire becomes part of that country although cir-
cumstances aren't very pleasant for Muslims in the Netherlands. Politics are leaning to the right more and more at the moment.
"We don't expect Dutch Muslims to emigrate because of the situation in The Netherlands. Holland is actually a very nice coun-
try for Muslims. The cause of the problems against our religion in Holland started after 9/11 and when a columnist (Theo van
Gogh) was killed. In the newspapers the entire Muslim community was accused of these crimes, although it was caused by indi-
vidual crazy extremists. Our religion is absolutely against extremism; we isolate those people and don't accept them in our com-
munity. We want to hold the stick in the middle, instead of only on one side. If you only hold it on one side you get pulled into a
direction we don't belong to. If people knew more about our religion they would understand this."
Even the mosque in Bonaire had to suffer from the consequences of those events. Al-Tikriti said, "We had to fix the windows
of the mosque daily as stones and bottles were thrown through them. We even had to get a new and better lock for our gate be-
cause it was broken several times. We didn't react to this or go to the police; we just let it pass. If you react to it you'll only cre-
ate a domino effect. Our way of dealing with it is to open up to the society, for instance with this youth project, and teach them
more about our religion. As I said before, we don't want to become isolated." Story & Photo by David Radomisli


The Bonaire Islamic Center Masjdjied was built in 1994. It has a committee of five people, and around 250 members on
the island. The mosque is open every day, with a special service on Friday afternoon. Services are given by Dr. Moham-
med Al-Tikriti. Because most of the members work during the day, most of them only attend the evening services at 8.30
pm during the week and pray the rest of the day at home (Muslims pray six times a day. Next month the recreational area
will be opened with a football field and a basketball field and will be open to everyone.


(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 9)
tius and Saba. The CFT not only as-
sesses the draft budgets, it also super-
vises them and the transactions result-
ing from the budget. In accordance with
the draft, the CFT does not make the
budget, but only a budget approved by
the CFT is acceptable.
Because the CFT can overrule the
elected democratic bodies of the is-
lands, Statia and Bonaire feel it is
undemocratic. No other than Miguel
Pourier, a former Antillean Prime Min-
ister, during a seminar about democracy
and autonomy in Holland, said that
Dutch financial supervision threatens
"to choke" the islands.
This week, on June 5 and 6, a new
consultation round is taking place on
Bonaire between the Netherlands and
Statia, Saba and Bonaire.

S > Dutch Public Health Minister Ab
Klink wants to introduce a smoking
ban next year, not only in Dutch res-
taurants and hotels, but also in caf6s and
nightclubs. A similar proposal was
made last week by the Antilles ministry.

> Individuals with a Dutch pass-
port living on Aruba and the Dutch
Antilles can vote for the European
Parliament from now on. Previously,
it wasn't possible for people from
Aruba and the Antilles to vote for the
Parliament if they hadn't lived in Hol-
land for more than 10 years. This new
decision doesn't change anything on the
status Aruba and Antilles have at the
moment though. The islands won't be-
long to the European Union, and the
European law won't apply on the is-
lands either.

S-The Dutch government plans to
introduce a new tax on high emission
vehicles such as the BMW X5 and Cit-
roen C6, State Secretary of Finance Jan
Kees de Jager said. The measure to
boost the cost of buying a Sports Utility
Vehicle (SUV) will raise some 100 mil-
lion euros for the treasury every year.
At the same time, the Minister plans
to cut the extra tax paid by company car
drivers if they select a fuel-efficient
vehicle. At the moment company car
users have to pay an extra tax of 22%
on the catalog value of their car. But
that will be slashed to around 12% for
the users of "green" cars such as the
Honda Civic or Toyota Prius. We've
been asked, "Why aren't there any
"green" cars in Bonaire?"

> The second tropical storm of
2007, named Barry, bore down on Flor-
ida from the Gulf of Mexico just in time
for the official June 1 start of the Atlan-
tic hurricane season. The 2007 Atlantic
hurricane season is forecast to be
more active than normal due to
warmer ocean waters, with as many as
10 hurricanes, and three to five of them
could be major, the US government's
top climate agency predicted. NOAA
foresees 13 to 17 tropical storms this
season, with seven to 10 developing
into hurricanes. Three to five could be
major ones of Category 3 or higher with
winds over 110 mph (177 km), the
agency said in its annual forecast.
An average Atlantic hurricane season
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Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


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Because of the drought during the last
six to eight months, more donkeys
have been coming into town to search for
food and water and risking mortal and fatal
collisions with cars.
Fortunately, generous donations made by


325 already at
the sanctuary,
and 24 more
are in line to be
taken in before
Flahou leaves
on June 12. As
a direct result
of the Sanctu-
ary's ongoing
rescue efforts,
car and donkey
accidents have
decreased from
a high of 120
registered with
police in 2005
to only 6 in
2006 and 4 so
far in 2007.
With the acquisition of the additional
land and the recent grant from the Pegasus
Foundation in the US to fence in the land,


Melis was ready to bring in the donkeys but
she needed a veterinarian to help. Since no
veterinarian on Bonaire was able to assist
her, she asked Flahou to volunteer during
his holiday in exchange for covering his
travel expenses. Another donation, by the
Weernink family of the Wercon company
in Holland, covered both Flahou's expenses
and medicines for the donkeys being tran-
quilized. For Flahou, the decision to help
was an easy one: "I knew that the car acci-
dents with the donkeys were a big problem,
and if I didn't help Marina, the problem
probably wouldn't be solved." It's not easy
to catch wild donkeys and acclimate them
to living in the sanctuary. The process in-
volves a lot of time and patience.
First, the donkeys are befriended by feed-
ing them with old bread in the morning and
the evening. Once the donkeys begin to
trust Melis, she returns with the trailer,
some helpers, and Flahou, who shoots the
donkey with a tranquilizer gun. After a few
minutes, the tranquilized donkey is carried
into the trailer, usually requiring four peo-
ple to carry one donkey weighing 180-200
kilos. While the donkey is asleep, a halter is
put on and he/she is tied in the trailer. Then
Then an antidote to the tranquilizer is given
so the donkey can stand up and get ready
for the trip to the sanctuary. Here the new
donkeys are placed in separate fields from
the established residents, with mothers and
babies being separated from older males.
They are all examined, wormed, and nur-
tured into good health. After a couple of
months, once they have become totally
acclimated to the easy lifestyle of the sanc-
tuary donkeys, the new donkeys are re-


leased into the main sanctuary. Eventually
young males will be castrated, but much
older males, the ones Melis calls the
"fighters with bloody necks from so many
fights," will be euthanized since they would
wreak havoc with the other donkeys.
Working with the donkeys has given
Flahou some interesting insights: "Many
people think the donkeys are stubborn and
stupid, and, yes, they are stubborn but not
because they are stupid. In fact they are
really intelligent, more so than
horses. That's my assessment, and I have
many colleagues who think the
same." After Flahou leaves, the donkey
rescue will end even though it is thought
there are approximately 100 donkeys still
remaining in the wild; however many of
them, like those living in Bolivia, for exam-
ple, are not considered problems and seem
to be healthy and happy. Besides, as Melis
so succinctly points out, "I can't rescue the
whole world of donkeys!" OPauline Kayes
Photos by Michiel van Bokhoorst


Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


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BlOIIII E i 6 II iatiknai ilfte


That's a total of 4,567 foreign-born people on the island. That means 30% of
Natulied the people who live on Bonaire's came here because they chose to, not because
atitons they were born here.
976-% It's interesting to note that for the second top foreign country (Dominican Republic)
more than half of have Dutch passport (285 with; 281 without). Colombia is second in
that respect (159 with Dutch passports; 371 without).
Stay tuned as The Reporter brings you more population statistics such as who lives
in what neighborhoods, how many people in each of the age groups, whether they're
men or women, and more. It will be interesting to see whether the figures will show a
big change after December 2008 with the closer ties to Holland.
Many thanks to the staff at Bevolking who provided this information to The Re-
porter. O L.D.






The makeup ofBonaire's total population


onaire is currently home to people of 62 different nationalities! And that's
out of a total population of just 14,006 (as of December 31, 2006, according
to Bevolking, the census office/civil registry).
This high number of nationalities beats previous years. In June 2005 there were
people from 55 different countries represented on the island. Bonaire has
However, for the first time we have the figures not only for those people from indi- some beautiful
vidual countries but also for those from that particular country who have since be- people like Boy
come naturalized Dutch citizens. Janga and his fam-
ily.
As expected, most of the people living on Bonaire are Dutch citizens 11,905. Of
that number, 9,439 people are Antillean Dutch (born in the Netherlands Antilles-
Bonaire, Curaqao, Saba, St. Martin, and St. Eustatius and Aruba before 1986);
1,490 are European Dutch; and 976 are "naturalized citizens" (born elsewhere).
Men comprise 51% of the total population; women, 49%.

For Foreign-Born Persons the top seven countries represented are:
1) Holland (European born Dutch) 1,490
2) Dominican Republic 281 + 285 who now have Dutch passports = 566
3) Colombia 371 + 159 with Dutch passports=530
4) Venezuela 351 + 138 with Dutch passports=489
5) United States 308 +20 with Dutch passports=328
6) Peru 200 + 79 with Dutch passports=279
7) China 95 + 34 with Dutch passports=129

Double Digit number countries:
8) Canada 50
9) India 45
10) Germany 43
11) Suriname -39
12) Haiti 34
13) UK 28
14) Italy 24; Lebanon 24
15) Portugal 20
16) Guyana 19
17) Trinidad & Tobago 18
18) Belgium 15
19) Switzerland 12

Other countries represented with single digit numbers of residents are from A to Z
- Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Czech, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark,
Dominica, Ecuador, Philippines, France, Gambia, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica,
Morocco, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Russia,
Salvador, St. Lucia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Soviet Union, Spain, Swe-
den, Taiwan, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.

Other interesting population figures to ponder:
Antillean-born 9,439
European-born Dutch 1,490
Naturalized Dutch 976
Foreign Residents without
Dutch passports 2,101
Total population 14,006


Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


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JANART GALLERY
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday
1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.


IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing, China
-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call
Donna at 785-9332.

BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
www.yellowpagesbonaire.com


CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2
nursery. Specializing in garden/septic
pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen
103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don &
Janet). 786-0956


Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed
note cards are now available at Chat-N-
Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

Searching For GOOD Maid
Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax


LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981

OUTDOOR SPORTS

Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272




JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651

Frenta I
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio
with kitchen,
airco, cable
TV, two sin-
gle beds (or
king) pull-out
sofa, porch,
yard and
private entrance. Five minute walk to sea-
side promenade; 10 minute walk to town.
$50/night.
Contact: bonairecottage@aol.com
FOR RENT- 2 bedroom fully fur-
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nished apartment available at the end
of June, Kaya Mandolin 2. Call after
6pm 795-3456


For rent: Nice apartment for rent
in Hato. Rent per month: NAf 1.500,.
All included. 796-3637, digital-
isl956@flamingotv.net


Apartment Separate from the
house, at Hato. For 1/2 persons, in-
cluding water, electricity, dishwasher,
linen, boiler, 220V -127V, kitchen
equipment, cleaning,
with furniture, washing machine. Per
July 1st per month NAf 1200,--/1500,--
no animals. Monique tel.717-2529


SUPPORT BONAIRE
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support
to Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more
about making a US tax deductible dona-
tion visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!

For Sle

For Sale Mares high dive boots,
hard sole, size 6, used once. $50.00.
email:
bubblheads@tmac.com or leave mes-
sage for Corky Halberg at Carib Inn
(717-8819). available until June 9th.


MARES, H.U.B. fully integrated
medium, BCD, 3-yrs,old,100 dives,
includes: 1st Stage, 2nd stage octopus,
inflation/deflation control, all hoses,
Gauges, console and weight system,
black & gray. New $1,999, E-Bay
$1,124. Bonaire $500. Phone, 791-
2214

For Sale: Sony Digital Camcorder,
boxed and unused, Model DCR HC96E

NIKONOS III- Cam-
era and Macro tube Set.
Still the best UW camera
for macro shots. Original
owner. NEVER been
flooded. Ideal back-up
camera. Complete NAf200. Call George
786-6125.
in PAL format, takes Mini DV tapes has
Widescreen, 3 Mega pixel still camera,
Carl Zeiss Lens, 2 Years guarantee, in-
cludes new case, tapes etc. Unwanted gift
$720, Call: 717-2675

Fantastic Phantom bag-less cyclonic
canister vacuum cleaner practically
new, NAf100-. Call 786-3117.

Porch Sale: Saturday June 9th -
Sunday June 10th; 9 am-5 pm at Kaya
Proud 26 (Playa), follow the signs:
household (appliances), furniture,
beds, closets, chairs, motorboat, art,
books...you name it! Contact: 717
4884 / 786 2206 / 786 0436


Cars a
Scoote rs

Te koop/for Sale: Suzuki Samurai-
NAf 1500 2nd hand motor, rijdt goed,
kleine gebreken. Tel: 780-9760

1960 Morris
Minor for sale.
NAf30.000
($17,145). Great
condition, origi-
nal style motor,
authentic 1960
supercharger. Call 717-7488, ask for
Kevin.


Twin Cab Toyota Pickup 4-Cyl.
Diesel; New: Front suspension, tires,
battery. Low mileage. Low price: NAf
4999.99. Call: 790-7272; 717-7892.



Pro pe rty

Harbour Village Marina Front Condo
For Sale-
Large one
bedroom,
2 bath
apartment
located in
a secluded all condo building away from
the hotel traffic. Full kitchen and laundry,
tons of storage space, large patio with
walkout to marina dock. Private owner
sale. www.luxurybonaire.

Historic 4-
bedroom 3-
bath modern-
ized home
close to the sea
and all con-
veniences. see: thecraane-
house.com.contact:reservations(@the
craanehouse.com



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Missionary couple of Jehovah's Wit-
nesses looking to rent or house-sit
long term a 1-2 bedroom house or
apartment. Please contact: Ron or Cris
Adams at 700-7855, 691-1169 or email
at roncrisadams@ihotmail.com.

Bonaire experienced house sitters
with references available 3-8 July &
22-27 July. Contact roben@dds.nl

Reporter staff member wishes to house
sit long-term starting now. Call David 700-
7536, email=
dradomisli@hotmail.com.





Looking for a small, fluffy puppy or
dog no larger than 18-20 inches and
weigh no more than 8 pounds or so. I


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kitten about 3 or 4
months old, brindle in
color. Very social so I
know it belongs to someone. Call the
Shelter at 717-4989.


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Lost

Lost: our black mid sized
dog. J@n Brouwer, Hato, 796-
3637, digital-
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at Last Bite Bakery. Some English
needed. Call 717-3293





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want to be able to take the dog with me
where I go and will give it a loving
home. Please call me at 786-7072 and
ask for "TC". (Remember my dog that
rode on my motorcycle with me-she
went to Doggie Heaven and I would
love to have a motorcycle buddy to ride
with me again.)


Looking for: a bed for one person
with mattress, table model fridge, 2-
burner electric stove, kitchen sink, tap,
shower tap, white toilet, outside door,
door frame, inside doors, locks. Tel.
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Podersdorf, Nuesiedler Zee, Austria -
The Second Event of the European
Freestyle Pro Tour
t was time to say goodbye to Spain
and move up to Germany to hook up
with DJ Roonbeat to prepare beats and a
performance track for my Austrian music
debut.
After spending time in the studio in Ger-
many I flew to Austria for the second
EFPT event held in Nuesiedler Zee. Again
it was a well organized event full of spec-
tators, sponsors and daily activities and a
ramp on open water for the riders to jump
over and impress the crowds.
I arrived at Vienna Airport to be picked
up by the event organization together with
the Italian rider, Andrea Rossati, and Bel-
gian EFPT Judge, Sven Fransen. Some
riders had arrived a few days earlier for
some training time.
The weather conditions were sunny and
warm-- a whole different scene from last
year's freezing conditions. Even though
the forecast didn't look too promising for
the upcoming days, none of us worried
too much and took it as easy as possible.
Later that day, after signing up, we had a
"meet and greet" party organized by one
of the local windsurf shops.
On that same afternoon I found out that
someone had stolen some of my windsurf
gear: fins, foot straps, harness lines and
screws. It was the worst thing that could
happen because the conditions looked
likely to be light winds, and it was impor-
tant to have the fins I used to train with in
light winds. Thanks to the local Naish
distributor who fixed me up with the nec-


essary parts.
Next day at the skippers meeting at 9 am
the wind seemed to be blowing strongly,
but it went down a bit while the tempera-
ture was rising. After lunchtime the wind
started to kick in a bit from the Northwest,
which created gusty conditions.
The event started off with the qualifica-
tion rounds because of a huge entry list.
Some riders without rankings had to qual-
ify themselves to get into the main event.
Shortly after that it was time for me to hit
the water. Wind conditions were from 13
to 17 knots.
I started the heat off with enough speed
to complete some maneuvers. It felt like I
was leading the heat because of not falling
off at all. And then came this big empty
space without wind where I was stuck and
not planing for two minutes out of the five
minutes allotted. In situations like this the


Race Director should have canceled the
heat. But I took a look at the flags and the
green one was still up, meaning that the
heat was still on while I am gliding
around and almost falling off because of
no wind. Finally by the end of the heat I
knew I had had a bad one. The local Aus-
trian rider took the win and I was out of
the single elimination. The day continued
with gusty winds and lots of cancellations
of heats. The final four heats could not be
run because of light wind. The first day of
the event ended without proper results.
Skippers meeting was at 8am the next
day with a bit of gusty wind while some
riders were still in bed dreaming about
who knows what.
There were four more heats to go. The
wind slowly started to drop and it was
almost impossible to plane. The boys try
hard to pop out tricks. The Race Director


extended each heat with an extra two min-
utes. Back on the beach we had lots of
angry riders complaining about the bad
wind conditions. But the event organizer
would not cancel the heats because he was
afraid of not having results at the end of
this event. To tell you the truth, it looked
like an amateur operation.
In the end an angry Norman from Ger-
many met with the French star Nicolas in
a seven-minute heat a few pumps, a few
moves and slowly trying to flip the sail
and board around to get extra points. The
Frenchman put more style into his per-
formance and took the title for the single
elimination on the last day. There was not
much time to run a double elimination, so
I did not have a chance to climb up.
The event organizer got the sponsors
and press together and there was a late
afternoon expression session with huge
jumps over the open water ramp and styl-
ish moves close to the beach.
At the Awards ceremony we had free-
style's goodwill ambassador, Brian
Talma, as a special guest in Podersdorf
who, like always, cheered up the crowd
with his talks.
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A Shrink Looks at SCUBA


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According to my poll in 2004, over
80% of scuba divers fail to recog-
nize or remember having any signs or
symptoms of nitrogen narcosis (light-
headedness, euphoria, elation, laughter,
poor coordination, slowed thinking, poor
judgment, or reckless behavior). So,
what can you do? Well, you can risk
diving stupidly and slowly and clumsily
at more than 60 feet (3 ATM). Or, you
can dive relatively safely at less than 60
feet all the time. And last but not least,
you can dive with a dive buddy who will
check on you. Whoa, I knew there had
to be a reason for the buddy system.
This assumes your dive buddy is less
susceptible to nitrogen narcosis or
"stupidity of the deep" than you. For
starters, remember the "Martini Rule"
that states that the symptoms of nitrogen
narcosis are similar to being inebriated
and that every 50 feet of depth is like
having one martini. Therefore, the first
thing you want to avoid is a dive buddy
who starts out the dive day with a couple
of 50 foot alcoholic drinks or who is still
hung over from a night of heavy drink-
ing. Just like there is no such thing as
having "one for the road' when driving,
there is no such thing as having "one for
the dive." Antihistamines, anti-
seasickness drugs and patches, sleeping
pills and some other medications can


(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 11)
brings 11 tropical storms, of which six
reach hurricane wind speed of 74 mph
(119 kph), including two major hurri-
canes, NOAA said. The hurricane season
typically peaks between August 1 and late
October.

> City Cafe's 10th Anniversary is
underway this week. So far there has
been lots of music, cake cutting, a car
show and biker parade, the Triathlon (see
page 9), free lunches and there's a lot

iwj


ICar show at City Wilna Groenenboom photo


more to come, all ending with a fireworks
show this coming Sunday night. Stop by
"The City" and take part. Following the
busy week the management is treating the
staff to a vacation visit to Valencia, Vene-
zuela.
Page 16


multiply the sedative-hypnotic-like ef-
fect of nitrogen narcosis, so watch out
for those, too. Marijuana also empha-
sizes the anesthetic-like action of high
pressure nitrogen at depth. It is best to
avoid it and divers who use it if you
want to dive safely. Back in 2000 when
I started doing research in scuba diving,
a retired internationally renowned diving
scientist told me he stopped diving on
the West Coast because he no longer felt
safe in the water with so many "high"
divers. I hope he was exaggerating the
extent of the problem. OK, what else do
you look for? Last year Scuba Diving
Magazine published "Top 10 Signs Your
Buddy Is Suffering from Nitrogen Nar-
cosis." I think even a board-certified
psychiatrist like me could spot these, as
long as I don't drown laughing my fool
head off, which is a definite possibility if
I am at the same depth of cognitive im-
pairment as my dive buddy.
On a more serious note, professional
tech diver Bret Gilliam, who made a
record dive to 452 feet on air in 1989,
developed a simple low tech test for
nitrogen narcosis: Every few minutes,
hold up a number of fingers to your
buddy (say, three fingers). He has to
respond with the same number plus one
(four fingers). "If you really wanted to
screw a guy up," writes Gilliam in his


> Plataforma Rincon has bought a
bus to transport the elderly and handi-
capped with NAf140,000 provided by
Dutch-funded USONA. The Elderly
Sector of Plataforma Rincon is responsi-
ble and a committee is in charge of the
maintenance. The bus is available for all
the elderly in Rincon and for wheel chair
handicapped. The bus has a chair lift.

On the 29th of
May Amelia
(Meme) Thode
celebrated her
75th birthday at
the Protestant
church in Rincon.
Here is a picture
of her surrounded
by her grandchil-
dren and great-
grandchildren.
Interestingly, she
is younger than
the grandfather of

-grandchild.


book Deep Diving, "you gave him all
five fingers and then he had to use both
hands to come up with a six-finger re-
sponse." So, if you want to check on
your dive buddy's state of nitrogen nar-
cosis, then ask him or her to give you
more than one finger. 0 David Colvard.


Father Socrates Gonesto of the Rincon
parish blessed the new bus last week. Ol
G.D./L.D./D.R.


David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psy-
chiatrist and clinical investigator in Raleigh
NC, and a divemaster. He hosts
www.DivePsych.com which
provides evidence-based infor-
mation for divers on psycho-
logical and stress factors in
scuba divers.



TOP 10 SIGNS YOUR
BUDDY IS
SUFFERING FROM
NITROGEN
NARCOSIS

Copyright 2006 Scuba Diving
Magazine. Reprinted with permission.
10) He keeps staring at himself in
your mask.
9) You find him buddy-breathing
with a grouper.
8) He pees in his dry suit.
7) He doesn't pee in his wetsuit.
6) After you surface, he keeps trying
to buddy-breathe through your
snorkel.
5) She keeps giving her octopus to an
octopus.
4) He pulls off your fin and tries to
breathe off your big toe.
3) His mask fogs under water, and he
spits in it.
2) Your mask fogs under water, and
he spits in it.
1) He looks at you cross-eyed and
slurs his bubbles.


These
10 items
may be
funny but
remem-
S ber: Nar-
cosis can
lead to
fatalities.


Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


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MOVIELAND




WEEIKL MDYlE SHOMTIME

Late Show (Usually 9pm)
Cal to make sure
Pathfinder
(Karl Urbun)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
A Perfect Stranger
(Halle Berry/Bruce Willis)


Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)

NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM

SATURDAY 4 PM
The Robinsons??


THIS WEEK
Friday, June 8 -World Ocean
Day-Free Buoyancy Clinic, 1:30
pm, Dive Friends' Yellow Submarine.

Bands: Palu Blanku Mudslide,
Chispa Band, Christal Breeze" at
City Caf6.

Saturday, June 9-Art Exhibition
"Adrift" tables & sculptures by
Wilna Groenenboom, 5 pm, Kaya
Macario St. Jago #9. Info call 717-
6832, 7002378. See page 3

-City Cafe's Market Festival 4
pm to midnight, Market place.
Bands: Lions, Los Comnpadres &
Chispa live on stage 8 pm 2 am.

Sunday, June 10 Bonaire Culi-
nary Team dinner 3-course meal
with cocktails and wine. Tickets
NAf50 ($29), Margreth Kloos, Tel.
717-2897
-Final City Caf6 celebrations: 4
pm-midnight- Market Place; Bands:
8 pm to midnight: Foyan Boys, Happy
Band & Trafassi. 10 pm Fireworks

Mountain Bike Pre-Race (race on
July 29), 3:30pm by antennas on
Kaminda Broertje Janga (Subi Rincon).
Bonaire Wellness Connexions, 717-
3637. NAf25 adults, NAf10 kids;
info @bonairewellness.com

COMING
Sunday, June 17-Father's Day
Sunday, June 24-St. John's Day-
San Juan Festival. Music, food, fire-
jumping in the barios, at the home of
Doei Diaz, Museum, Rincon
Thursday, June 28 -San Pedro Festi-
val-Same as San Juan Festival above
Sunday, July 1 15th Annual Dia di
Arte in Wilhelmina Park All day and
evening starting at 10 am. Artists, musi-
cians, craftsmen and top notch local
foods and drinks. Participants: sign by
starting May 31. Call Edwin Martijn 786-

Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


8400, Mishuyla Sint Jago 786-2292

REGULAR EVENTS
Friday Weekly Market 9am- 2pm
at Wilhelmina Plein, with
Local Art, Local Food, Summer Fash-
ion, Jewelry, Glasswork, Bonaire Pic-
tures, Local Music, Driftwood Art, Paint-
work and all kinds of Bonaire Souvenirs.

Daily
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
*By appointment Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes
tax). Discounts for residents and local
people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening
hours.

Saturdays
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month, 6
am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20
per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Satur-
day of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke
Publico. Everyone welcome to buy and
to sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
call 787-0466.

Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm

Mondays
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
pm
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm
or 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean
Grill
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435

Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5
-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
786-5073.


Wednesdays
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm

Thursdays
Live music by the Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour
Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm

Fridays
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
7 pm
Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort


FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS


Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (717-
3802) at 7m. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
at the Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8817)
at 7pm.
Monday- "Land & Ocean Bonaire,"
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of their facility at
Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Tuesday "Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR" slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure


BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church intown Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 prm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017


CLUBS and MEETINGS

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone


717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Flamingo
Airport (Technobar), airco, all levels,
NAf2,50. Call Joop 717-5903, or be
there in time (7.15 p.m.)
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
717-8051

Send event info to:
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day
Bar and Beach Service 8am- 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. Menu available daily from noon.

SR star tBModerate. i :3 am uddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side lla Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast esortLunchdaily 6:30-10 am r Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7-1 pm)
10:00 pm)
Moderate
Bistro de Paris ModeReal French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Brea tea-ExL c inner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront breakfast, Lunch and Dinnerfrom 6-9pm. Only NA28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days

Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Satl 1:30-2:30 Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
Oneblocksou7-4433th of the PostOffice Lunner 7 nightues- starting atpm1:30-2:30 Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm


Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.

The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf10 take out lunch every day -
Kaya Grandi 70 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
717-3293 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna.

Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot o 511 WednesdaySundayients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Authentic Argentinean Cuisine
At the lighthouse, Harbour Village Marina Lunch Tuesday-Friday Owned and operated by the Pablo Palacios Family from Argentina
717-7725 Dinner Tuesday-Sunday The beef is here and more.

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 1Oam-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
Get away from it all.


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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights
a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
APPLIANCES frV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-
store financing too.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.

Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at
Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.

WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers,
fitness machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and antiques
at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great teak furni-
ture and Indonesian crafts.

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain


your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. In-
credible selection of pots.

GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for
the home, T-shirts all at low prices.

NATURE EXPLORATION
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
ing, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
hans @outdoorbonaire. com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services Full digital services.
PHOTO SERVICES
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, specializ-
ing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property
management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners in-
surance.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
Intemational/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire,
stop in and see them.

RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration.


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RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now
in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men,
women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management.
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women.
Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent.
SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and
lowest prices on the island.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruc-
tion, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and drinks
too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday nights.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around
the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery.
Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-12
noon.


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*to find it... just look up




Jup iter


This Week Jupiter is at its Closest, Biggest and Brightest for the Entire Year
Get ready for some super Jupiter watching because this week Jupiter is at opposi-
tion, which means that this week it is at its closest to Earth and thus at its biggest and
brightest for the entire year. Plus it's parked right next to one of my favorite constellations,
Scorpius the Scorpion, with its wonderful red star, Antares.
About two hours after sunset, face southeast where the brightest thing you'll see will be
the largest of all our planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And parked just to its right, the
wonderful stars of my favorite summer constellation, Scorpius the Scorpion, whose bright
red star, Antares, marks its heart. Now whenever an outer planet is at opposition it means
that it is directly opposite the Sun in the sky as seen from Earth -which logically tells you
that it should be visible all the hours that the Sun is not.
And, yes indeed, all this week just after the Sun sets in the west Jupiter will rise in the
east. And as hour after hour goes by Jupiter will slowly climb the southern skies until mid-
night, which is really 1 am Sky Park Time, it will reach its highest point in the heavens,
due south. Then, as hour after hour goes by, Jupiter will slowly descend the southwestern
sky and set in the west just as the Sun rises in the east. So whenever a planet is at opposi-
tion it is visible all night long and always at its best because it is also at its closest and thus
biggest and brightest for the entire year, which also makes it look larger and more detailed
through a telescope. So those of you who have small telescopes are in luck for the next
couple of weeks because you'll be able to see Jupiter at its best and all night long. And
Jupiter is fascinating to watch through a telescope because night after night you can watch
its four largest moons constantly change their positions as they orbit the planet king.
And talk about close, this week Jupiter is only 400 million miles away, which is a lot
closer than its farthest distance which can be as much as 600 million miles away. But what
I really like about this opposition is that it is parked just to the left of Antares, which is a
gigantic star so huge we could fit over 317 trillion Jupiters inside it. In fact Antares is so
gigantic that if we placed it where our Sun is it would reach out past the orbits of Mercury,
Venus, Earth and Mars. And talk about distance. Jupiter is so close it takes its light less
than 36 minutes to reach us this week whereas Antares is so far away it takes its light 600
years to reach us! So watch Jupiter and Antares all week long. D Jack Horkheimer


NAVNE T


S Sunday, June 3 to Saturday, June 9 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Those close to your heart may be difficult to reason
with. You need an outlet that will not only stimulate you but also challenge your intel-
ligence as well. Physical limitations are possible if you aren't careful. Try to accommo-
date them without infringing on your own responsibilities. Your lucky day this week
will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may have problems with skin, bones, or teeth if
you haven't been taking proper care of yourself. You could lose money or precious
belongings if you aren't careful. Use your charm, but don't sign or agree to anything.
Be prepared to make compensations and adjustments. Your lucky day this week will be
Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You need to get down to basics with regard to your-
self. Try to deal with the problems of those less fortunate; however, don't allow them to
make unreasonable demands. You are best to put in some overtime rather than get in-
volved in family gatherings. You need to concentrate on the areas where you can make
a difference. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your ideas are right on the mark and your work com-
mendable. Any capricious behavior will confuse loved ones and your mood swings
will result in loneliness. Get busy putting your place in order. You must avoid gossip
and focus on what you have to do. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may want to take a trip; however, before you do, make
sure that your car is serviced properly. You are best to be accommodating for the time
being. Sudden romantic infatuations won't be lasting. Do things you enjoy instead of
being a chameleon. Losses are likely if you have left your financial affairs in other
people's hands. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Unexpected visitors are likely. Be prepared to do your
chores early. Opportunities will come through behind the scenes activities. A residen-
tial move may be necessary to get a better job. Your ability to add a sophisticated touch
will help you capture the look you're after. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You need to fulfill your needs and present your talents.
Turn things around, make sure that they do their share. New partnerships will develop
if you join investment groups. Stabilize your own position by locking up your savings.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't be shy; show your abilities! Interaction with
colleagues will only be upsetting. Travel will promote romantic connections. You
should be in business for yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Make changes in your domestic scene. It might
be time to shake a leg and do a personal makeover. Your charm will attract someone
special. Don't let your anger consume you and don't allow important matters go unat-
tended to. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Read between the lines when signing contracts.
Delve a little deeper if you really want to know the score. Keep your ears open, espe-
cially to those who care about you. Moneymaking opportunities will surface.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You have been going through a period of change that
no doubt caused problems with your loved ones. Be honest with yourself before getting
involved with someone who is likely to lead you on. Your outgoing nature will win
hearts. Property deals will pay big dividends. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't get involved in expensive entertainment that in-
volves gambling. You can get a promotion if you put in a little extra detail. Try to bend
to their wishes if you want to avoid conflict. Don't go overboard; start small and work
toward building it up slowly. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.


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... fi ti 'intratiW ashington-Slagbaai National Park had a birthday last Sunday
Sand everyone came. The Park was open for free and all sorts
of activities offered hiking, walking, bike trips, live music, museum tours. The pictures tell some of the story. DL.D.


WindsurfReport (Continuedfrom page 15)
And yes, the word ACTION is never
out. After his speech Brian introduced me
to the fans as a Windsurf Rapper.
It was time for me to take over the mike
and present my tracks to the crowd. The
DJ was ready, and BANG, off we went,
rapping in front of 5,000 fans. It was a
huge step for me to be performing for the
first time in front of such a large number
of screaming people. All my friends were


up front and everybody seemed to be
enjoying my songs.
After my presentation the prize giving
was held and ended up with lots of action
on the stage. Nicolas took the victory as a
newcomer on the EFPT tour. For more
action pictures you can surf to:
www.efpt. net gallery.
Final results of EFPT Podersdorf Lak
Nuesiedler Zee 2007 :


First, Nicholas Akgazcyan; Seecond:
Norman Gunzlein; Third,, Andre Pas-
kowski; Fourth, Ruben Petrisie.

Next up is Le Defi, one of the biggest
long-distance windsurf races of the
world, held in the south of Gruissa,
France, in combination with board spon-
sor Exocet. Thanks for reading. O
Ruben Petrisie


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Natasja Statie-Gerharts


y mother, Doesjka Baart, is
v Dutch, but as a child she
lived six years on Aruba where her fa-
ther was a minister. He, my grandfather,
the Reverend Wim Baart, was also well
known on Bonaire where he preached in
the Protestant church in Playa years later
when I was about 14. My father, Hugo
Gerharts, was doing a lot of business
with KLM, and my mom was working
for Martin Air at the time. That's how
they met. Dad was living on Bonaire
and Mom in Holland, and I was born
there, in a town called Naarden.
When I was four my mom and I
moved to Bonaire, and two years later
my parents got married. We lived in the
house that is now the casino of Divi
Flamingo. When I came here I was very
impressed to meet my half-brother Larry
and my three half-sisters, Jennifer, Deb-
bie and Grace, and when I was almost
seven my brother Alexander was born. I
didn't expect to get a brother; I'd put all
my Barbie stuff in the baby's room be-
cause I wanted a little sister, but" she
laughs, "I got over it!
Every weekend we went swimming at
Hotel Bonaire. I had lots of girlfriends -
one of them, Shadira, is still my best
friend and we went on vacation fre-
quently. From the time I was 13 until I
was 17 I was a DJ at Discotheque E
Wowo. My father was okay with it be-
cause I was good and that was good for
the business, but my mom was very
much against it. I met Iby Statie, who
now is my husband, when I was 15. He
liked me a lot, but I wasn't so interested,
maybe because he was six years and one
day older than I.
In my last year of high school my par-
ents got divorced, and when I was 18
my mom took us to Holland. I worked
for six months as a trainee for KLM,
and when my mom met her second hus-
band, an American, and moved to the
States with my brother, I stayed in Hol-
land for one more year. I studied at
Schoevers, a secretarial school, and
shared an apartment with my girlfriend
Shadira in the center of Amsterdam
and... that was lots of fun in 1985!
In 1986 I went to Miami, but after six
weeks it appeared that my Green Card
had not been processed at all, so I went
to Bonaire to wait and I met Iby again
and... this time we got into a relation-
ship. He'd changed completely I
found him so handsome, very good-
looking! Meanwhile I was working for
ALM, passenger handling at the airport
- it was a very good year. When ALM
Miami needed people they told me they
would get a visa for me and I left for
Miami. Iby and I stayed in touch; we

Bonaire Reporter June 8 -15, 2007


called each other frequently, and I flew
up and down a lot. After one year ALM
Curaqao asked ALM Miami if they had
someone for them, and so I moved to
Curaqao I still didn't have a Green
Card and one week later Iby was
transferred from the Bonaire police de-
partment to the Curaqao police and
that was just one big coincidence!
After two years on Curaqao I could
finally get a student visa for the States. I
was 24; I had no family on Curacao; and
I wanted to live close to my mom we
have a very strong bond and so I went
to Miami Dade Community College
where I studied Airline Management.
Again Iby and I stayed in contact, and
we'd fly back and forth to see each
other, but it was a long-distance rela-
tionship.



"From the time I was 13 un-
til I was 17 I was a DJ at Dis-
cotheque E Wowo. My father
was okay with it because I
was good and that was good
for the business, but my mom
was very much against it."


Not even four months after I got my
student visa I finally got my Green
Card. It was 1990; I left college and
started working and founded Bonaire
Sunset Travel. The company was at the
house. We also represented Sunset Re-
sorts in the US, but everything went by
phone and fax people weren't into E-
mail at the time. And... after waiting for
so many years for my Green Card I left
the US three years later to come back to
Bonaire for no other reason than... Iby.
We moved in together and I was run-
ning the ALM/KLM passenger office in
Playa, which belonged to my father.
Having worked for KLM as a trainee I'd
learned a lot, especially how to be cus-
tomer friendly, and amongst other things
we trained the people here to be the
same. Two years later when KLM had
an inaugural flight a direct flight Am-
sterdam-Bonaire with a Boeing I was
asked to accompany the press and some
officials first to Holland and then back
with the inaugural flight to Bonaire.
After four extremely busy days, it was
January 21st 1995, we arrived on Bon-
aire I didn't even unpack my suitcase.
I was exhausted and went to lie on the
bed, and then Iby said, 'I want to marry
you...' First I didn't react at all but
then it sort of entered my mind in slow
motion, and I asked, 'Can I call my


mom?' And he answered, 'If you say
'Yes'!' Seven months later we got mar-
ried. My friend, Maddy Visser, was my
witness. This year we'll be married for
12 years God, how time flies!"
Natasja Statie-Gerharts (41) is a
lovely, warmhearted and open minded
person. She likes talking and she knows
what she wants, and she has a great
sense ofhumor. "Before we had our first
wedding anniversary we moved into our
newly built house, where we still are.
Iby already had children; they live on
Curaqao and they're in their late teens
now. We still see them, but when they
were younger they used to come for the
weekend and with us on vacation. How-
ever, we also wanted one child together.
It wasn't as easy as we had hoped for,
but in 1997 after an IVF treatment I got
pregnant. Our son Dillan was born on
Curaqao three months early. He was
born alive, but he passed away. We
lived through some painful and sad
months, but six months later, after an-
other IVF treatment, I was pregnant
again and this time to our great astonish-
ment and joy I was expecting twins.
During my second pregnancy I was
not allowed to work and had to take bed
-rest, so I went to Miami to stay with my
mom who took care of me. It wasn't a
happy pregnancy. Only after seven
months when the children were sup-
posed to be viable did I regain some
trust and start to feel some joy. Joshua
and Victoria were born after eight
months, April 14, 1999, and they're
eight years old now. My mom came
with me and the children back to Bon-
aire to help me, and once she saw how
much work it was, she stayed three
months. I am still very grateful to her.
Daniella Bernabela was also sleeping
here often during the first three months
to help us feed the babies at night. She
always says Joshua is hers! Daniella is
like a mother to me and still, when I


need her, she's there.
Six weeks later I started working
again. I love to work; especially my
kind of work is what I like to do best. In
1999 some friends of mine convinced
me to start my own company, and that
became Bonaire Travel. It was tough to
start a business and to have two little
babies at the same time the days were
long. The first two years I had a very
nice nanny from Curaqao, named Ed-
mee, and the last six years we have had
Claudia, and she's the first prize in the
lottery!
I started Bonaire Travel with three
people amongst whom was my best
friend Shadira and it went well. But of
course there has been a time when we
were hit by the Internet competition real
bad, and when the airlines reduced their
commissions it wasn't so easy either.
However, the last two years the business
has picked up really well, especially the
cruise business, and KLM-wise we're
doing very well too. It's a small busi-
ness but I'm happy and satisfied.
Iby is still working with the police.
He's a lieutenant and recently he was
appointed as the district police officer
for Antriol. He's a very good husband
and a great dad. We've known each
other for so long now. The children are
at the Pelikaan School because I think
it's very important to have Dutch as the
instruction language and... when I'm
not working I love to take pictures. Pho-
tography is a great hobby of mine, and I
also love operatic music and to cook and
bake cakes and cookies. Saturdays are
hectic, but Sundays are for the family.
We go to the beach and we barbecue
and play cards and dominos with family
and friends. It's a lovely life on Bonaire;
it's quiet and I feel safe and
for the children it's para-
dise!" 0
Story & photo by Greta
Kooistra


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Natasja Statie-Gerharts, her husband Iby and kids Victoria and Joshua


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